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The Northern Territory news Mon 15 Feb 2016



The Northern Territory news Mon 15 Feb 2016

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MONDAY FEBRUARY 15 2016 SPORT 29 V1 - NTNE01Z01MA United's Van Gaal closer to the abyss MANCHESTER United manager Louis van Gaal cast doubt on his teams chances of qualifying for next seasons Champions League after a 2-1 loss at relegation-threatened Sunderland in the Premier League, placing the Dutchman under fresh scrutiny yesterday. The latest embarrassing loss for United this season was sealed by a late own goal by David de Gea in the 82nd minute, with a goal-line clearance from Anthony Martial cannoning off the back of the goalkeeper and into the net. Martial had equalised for United in the 39th minute after recent signing Wahbi Khazri put Sunderland ahead in the third minute. The loss left United six points behind fourth-place Manchester City, having played one more game. With Leicester, Arsenal, Manchester City and Tottenham in action overnight, United wasted a great chance to close the gap on the Champions League places. It will be very difficult now, Van Gaal said about United finishing in the top four. Its too much at this time. I think after this match (winning the Europa League) is the best route. It was only last week that Van Gaal was talking up Uniteds chances of winning the league title. Yet, the 20-time champions on 41 points have never had fewer points after 26 games of a Premier League season. Chelsea has endured an even more miserable season but the ailing champions did manage to produce their most emphatic win of the campaign on Saturday by routing Newcastle 5-1 to climb to 12th place. Manager Guus Hiddink remains unbeaten since replacing fired Jose Mourinho in December but Chelsea is 14 points from fourth place. Diego Costa, wearing a mask after breaking his nose, took just five minutes to put Chelsea in front and Pedro Rodriguez intercepted sloppy Newcastle passing to score after just nine minutes. Newcastle remains in the relegation zone but now only a point above north-east rival Sunderland. What helped Newcastle was relegation rivals Norwich, Swansea and Bournemouth all failing to win. Norwich threw away a twogoal lead to draw 2-2 at home to West Ham and stay in the relegation zone, just a point above Sunderland. Swansea lost 1-0 at home to Southampton and is only three points above the bottom three in 16th place. Stoke beat Bournemouth 3-1 and Watford won 2-1 at Crystal Palace, for whom Emmanuel Adebayor scored his first Premier League goal since October 2014. Troy Deeney scored both of Watfords goals. WBA produced a steely defensive display to beat Everton 1-0 away, courtesy of a goal by Salomon Rondon. Adelaide make sure Mariners feel heat with comeback win A RAMPANT Adelaide United have jumped from sixth to third on the A-League table after coming from behind to score a 3-2 win over Central Coast in Gosford last night. Isaias free kick cancelled out Mariners playmaker Fabio Ferreiras first-half goal, before Bruce Djite and Stefan Mauk sealed victory for the Reds to extend their unbeaten run to 11 games. Adelaide goalkeeper Eugene Galekovic fumbled a Josh Bingham shot in the dying seconds of injury time to give the Mariners a glimmer of hope. Not even a four-hour postponement due to extreme heat could douse the hottest team in the competition. With the thermostat soaring into the mid-30s by midday, the FFA pushed back the kick-off time from 1.30pm (NT time) to 5.30pm. A hint of rain couldnt prevent the in-form Reds from soaring into title contention, converting their dominance in possession into second half goals and consigning the home side to last place. Liverpool legend Luis Garcia, in his first start for Central Coast, was largely ineffective miscuing a number of chances to link with Ferreira and was subbed off on the hour-mark. The visitors were the first to settle into a rhythm, and shouldve scored first when Bruce Kamaus first touch off a long ball took him past an advancing Paul Izzo, but the defence scrambled back in time. An irresistible Adelaide had the ball on a string, twice setting up chances for Djite, and also had free kick specialist Jordan Elseys long-range effort parried away. They had a total of six shots to one in the first half alone. But despite the disparity in possession, Ferreiras sixth goal of the season was the difference at the main break. The visitors eventually drew level on Isaias curling free kick, catching a slow-footed Izzo at his far post in the 54th minute. Then Mauk had plenty of time to put away a Craig Goodwin cross in injury time. Gallop left fuming as flares, bottles mar Victory-City clash DEFENDING premiers Melbourne Victory face possible sanctions as Football Federation Australia prepares to act over flares ignited and bottles thrown by fans at the Melbourne A-League derby clash. Incredulous and angry, FFA CEO David Gallop appears likely to issue the Victory with a show-cause notice over the Saturday night incident at AAMI Park. It follows last weekends use of flares by Western Sydney Wanderers fans in their clash with Victory at Etihad Stadium, which led FFA to hit the Wanderers with a show-cause notice, then a $50,000 fine and suspended deduction of three competition points. Police said seven flares were lit before the derby game and two during the match. Then in the second half, some in the Victory fan section showed their frustration with a disallowed free kick by throwing bottles onto the field towards Melbourne City gloveman Thomas Sorensen. We are gathering information from Victoria police and others on the incidents that occurred before and during last nights A-League match at AAMI Park in Melbourne, Gallop said. In particular, we are deeply concerned by the ignition of flares inside and outside the stadium by people identified as Melbourne Victory supporters. Given the circumstances we found ourselves in after last weeks incidents involving a section of Western Sydney Wanderers supporters at Etihad Stadium, its staggering that some Victory fans chose to act in this way. The spotlight could not have been more on fan behaviour. We expect to be able to announce the next steps in relation to these incidents tomorrow (Monday) they have cast a shadow over what was a fabulous game. Clearly, we would prefer to be talking about a pulsating 2-2 contest that was an exciting exhibition of our players skills, he said. Powell on fire for Phoenix in upset A BRILLIANT Blake Powell has fired in four goals to punish a misfiring Western Sydney 5-2 and stop the A-Leagues high flyers reclaiming the competition lead. Only a serious mishap should have prevented the Wanderers from disposing of the struggling Phoenix at Pirtek Stadium yesterday. But Tony Popovics men could not drag themselves out of a flat-footed quagmire against a sprightly Phoenix, who drew a pronounced line in the sand following nine winless matches. Though they did trouble Ernie Merricks men going forward, it took 18 shots on goal for Mitch Nichols 75thminute screamer to put them on the scoresheet, before Mark Bridge netted a second with six minutes on the clock. It was not enough to stop the title contenders conceding the most goals in the young clubs history. The contest had barely even begun before the New Zealand-based visitors had the Wanderers on the back foot. With four minutes down, Tom Doyles wonderful cross was more than matched by Powells diving header straight past Andrew Red mayne. Romeo Castelen rolled a ball into the side netting, but orchestrated the Wanderers very next chance. Nichols caught the end of the Dutchmans cross, sending the ball to a goal-bound Dario Vidosic, whose drive was saved by Glen Moss. Then Doyle flew down the left and found Hamish Watson who flicked to Powell for another instinctive left-foot finish that left Redmayne with no chance. If Powell had been content with that no one would ever have known, given the perfection he delivered next. Seeing a long ball coming on the right wing, the 24-yearold rushed on and took one touch with his right boot, in a sublime finish that skewed around and tucked inside the back post. After the break, Powell struck a fourth time from a set piece to become only the fifth player to score four in an ALeague match, joining the likes of Alessandro Del Piero, Besart Berisha, Archie Thompson and Shane Smeltz. But Nichols smacked in a long-range goal that rammed into the top corner and left a disbelieving Moss cursing. With one minute of regular time left Michael McGlinchey slotted home a penalty. EMMA KEMP Hamish Watson (left) congratulates Wellington Phoenix teammate Blake Powell after he netted one of his four goals in the upset win over Western Sydney Wanderers at Pirtek Stadium yesterday Picture: DAN HIMBRECHETS A-LEAGUE DRAW Round 20 (NT times) Friday: Melbourne Victory v Adelaide United (6.10pm) Saturday: Newcastle Jets v Wellington Phoenix (3.45pm), Sydney FC v Western Sydney Wanderers (6pm), Perth Glory v Brisbane Roar (8.10pm) Sunday: Melbourne City v Central Coast Mariners (3.30pm)